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Jerry Seinfeld doesn't want to see your cat videos. Or those shaky-camera skits you made in the backyard. The comedy legend kicked off Crackle's Upfront in NYC on Tuesday by articulating his decision to bolt traditional TV for the web, and took a pointed jab at user-generated content producers and the "garbage can" that hosts them.

"The less the better," Seinfeld said when asked about less-professional content. "I don't want to see this crap. We have a giant garbage can called YouTube for user-generated content. We're trying to generate a little higher level. I think showbusiness is for talent, that's who should be in it. But let's keep it in its hierarchy. And I like being at the top of the pyramid."

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Seinfeld's popular series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee runs on the Sony-owned streaming site Crackle. The 60-year-old comedian also explained why -- why the man behind NBC's iconic Seinfeld would choose the internet over the small screen. "TV is over," is his answer.

"When you get to a certain point in the business, what a man is looking for in a network is the same as in his underwear. A little bit of support and a little bit of freedom," he said according to a transcript via Tubefilter. "That’s exactly what Crackle offered… There’s nothing different about what we’re doing than what anyone else is doing on any media anywhere. TV networks are worried that you’ll figure out TV is over and there’s nothing special about it."

Seinfeld said Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, in which he does exactly what the title implies, with stars like Tina Fey and his old buddies Larry David and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, reached 100 million viewers this month. "[People don't] expect quality programming [online], and we feel like we're ahead of a lot of places," he said. "You can be in the same world as cat videos and still deliver a great demo for the advertiser. Acura is pretty excited because they get Super Bowl numbers on an internet show."

(Crackle execs revealed on Tuesday that the website will begin running on a constant stream of programming -- like traditional TV -- beginning next month.)

Coffee returns for a sixth season on June 4 and will feature Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher and others. On a lighter note, Seinfeld revealed that he picks the cars partly based on the comedians' personality. "Tina Fey I got an old Volvo," he said. "Because she’s solid and reliable and you’re in good hands with Tina."

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Jerry Before Seinfeld: What's the deal with comedians retelling their old jokes?

By Alle McMahon

Updated September 23, 2017 15:04:32

Sit down to watch Jerry Seinfeld's new stand-up special on Netflix and you won't be disappointed.

It's Jerry at his best — the best Jerry!

But that's because you've heard most of it before. It's the material you loved from Seinfeld and his stand-up comedy from the 80s and 90s.

Aside from a few references to his childhood and some updated jokes — a reference to Uber here and a shout out to Netflix there — fans will recognise many of the punchlines.

It's familiar. It's loveable. It's Jerry Seinfeld.

Some might say: "delicious, scrumptious, outstanding."

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But what's the deal with comedians telling the same jokes … and getting away with it?

By now, Seinfeld's jokes should no longer be funny. We've seen them on repeat time and time again.

But according to writer, producer and comedy critic Lefa Singleton Norton, that's exactly Seinfeld's success.

External Link: Tweet by Ezra: I watched the Netflix Seinfeld special. It was variations on the same 6 jokes he’s been telling for 30 years and it was fine.

"It says a lot about the Seinfeld material that you can't really tell when a lot of those jokes were written. They're so universal," she said.

"You're talking about material about how strange it is to be in the world. That sort of stuff doesn't age — he could have written it yesterday, he could have written it 20 years ago."

And of course it also helps having such a recognisable voice and brand.

"This is what audiences want … they want him to be Seinfeld. They don't want to discover that he's suddenly decided to do long, storytelling narration shows," she said.

But Australian comedians aren't so lucky

Despite our love for comedy and reputation for larrikinism, we Australians are a tough crowd.

Lefa Singleton Norton has seen a few shows in her time and says we're not as forgiving as Americans when it comes to hearing the same stuff twice.

For six years she produced a weekly magazine during the Melbourne international comedy festivals, speaking to comedians and reviewing their acts.

"For an Australian comic, once you've told a joke on television, you more or less can't perform it anymore," Singleton Norton said.

"[Comedians] talk about it as being 'burnt' material. Once it's done, it's done.

"Unless of course you become someone like Dave Hughes or Tom Gleeson, and you have that kind of profile where people come wanting you to be the same."

And that's largely because we have such a small market here.

"Comics will take an hour-long set and take it to the Melbourne Comedy festival, to Sydney, to Brisbane and to Adelaide," Singleton Norton said.

"But the next year if you tried to bring back that same set, that would be really frowned upon. That would be thought of as, 'wait a minute I heard that last year'."

Our American friends have it much easier

In the US, people want the familiar. They love it.

"When you look at the Eddie Murphy or classic comedy stand-up TV specials, people love to be able to recite them," Singleton Norton said.

"People love to know what's coming, they love to be in on the joke. And you don't care that you've heard it before."

And for Seinfeld, it's an added bonus that throwbacks are in vogue.

Netflix promised the special would see Jerry perform "the jokes that put him on the comedy map" and that's exactly what's been delivered.

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"I think there's a real nostalgia for Seinfeld the TV show now, and its riding a whole new wave of being a cult interest for younger people," Singleton Norton said.

"I think that this special is very deliberately made to capitalise on that wave."

So what DO Australians love?

Kath and Kim. Utopia. Please Like Me. The Katering Show.

According to Singleton Norton, we like comedy characters.

"In Australia we like to see familiar characters over and over — sketch comedies where we get to see a character develop," she said.

"We tend to do that, rather than watch a comedian persona stand up and talk to us."

And luckily for Seinfeld, he's both. He's Even Steven, remember?

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Topics:comedy-humour, arts-and-entertainment, television, united-states, australia

First posted September 23, 2017 09:24:11

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